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Lincoln ApostateThe Matson Slave Case$
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Charles R. McKirdy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739855

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.001.0001

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The Lawyers—Ficklin, Constable, and Linder

The Lawyers—Ficklin, Constable, and Linder

(p.44) Chapter 4 The Lawyers—Ficklin, Constable, and Linder
Lincoln Apostate

Charles R. McKirdy

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the other lawyers involved in the Matson trial: Orlando B. Ficklin, Charles H. Constable, and Usher F. Linder. Ficklin, who represented Jane and her children, was a Democrat who represented Coles County and the rest of the Illinois Third Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives since 1843. Charles H. Constable is described by his client, Dr. Rutherford, as “the best educated lawyer at the bar.” Linder, Lincoln’s cocounsel in the Matson case, is considered “a brilliant orator” with a genuine ability to relate not only to his fellow legislators, but also to jurors and constituents.

Keywords:   Matson Slave Case, Orlando B. Ficklin, Charles H. Constable, Usher F. Linder

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